Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment

A Resource Manual

By Michele A. Paludi & Richard B. Barickman

Subjects: Psychology Of Women
Series: SUNY series, The Psychology of Women
Paperback : 9780791408308, 215 pages, November 1991
Hardcover : 9780791408292, 215 pages, November 1991

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Table of contents

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Foreword by Paul LeClerc


Chapter 1. Definitions and Incidence of Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment

Overview: What is Sexual Harassment?
Legal Definitions
Empirical Definitions
Incidence of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and College/University Settings
Do Women Harass?
Sample References on Workplace Sexual Harassment
Sample References on Academic Sexual Harassment

Chapter 2. In Their Own Voices: Responses from Individuals Who Have Experienced Sexual Harassment and Supportive Techniques for Dealing with Victims of Sexual Harassment

Overview: What is the Impact of Sexual Harassment?

Chapter 3. Dealing with Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment: Individual, Institutional, and Legal Remedies

Overview: How Can One Deal with Sexual Harassment?
Individual Strategy: Writing a Letter to the Harasser
Institutional Strategies
Legal Strategies
Civil Suit
Criminal Suit
State Laws
Explanatory Models of Sexual Harassment

Chapter 4. Educating the Campus and Workplace Communities about Sexual Harassment

Overview: How Can the Workplace and Campus Be Educated about Sexual Harassment?

Appendix: Sample Articles on Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment

1. Women Students' Assessment of Consensual Relationships with their Professors: Ivory Power Revisited
Sue Rosenberg Zalk, Judy Dederich, and Michele Paludi
2. Overreaching: Sexual Harassment and Education
Catharine R. Stimpson
3. The Organizational Context of Sexual Harassment
Karen Maitland Schilling and Ann Fuehrer
4. The Stress Effects of Sexual Harassment on the Job
Peggy Crull
5. Sexual Harassment of Students: Victims of the College Experience
Michele Paludi and Richard Barickman
6. The Incidence and Dimensions of Sexual Harassment in Academia and the Workplace
Louise Fitzgerald, Sandra Shullman, Nancy Bailey, Margaret Richards, Janice Swecker, Yael Gold, Mimi Ormerod, and Lauren Weitzman
7. Division 27 Sexual Harassment Survey: Definitions, Impact, and Environmental Context
Meg Bond
8. Women's Explanations of Their Harasser's Motivations
Peggy Crull
9. Sexual Harassment and the Law
Midge Wilson



This book represents the first comprehensive resource manual for understanding and preventing sexual harassment in the academic community and in the workplace.

Studies indicate that sexual harassment is at epidemic proportions in the academy and in the workplace: from 30%–70% of women in U.S. colleges and universities experience some form of sexual harassment (including sexual assaults) each year; a University of Massachusetts study reports 13% of undergraduate women were raped by acquaintances; and 50% of women in the workplace report serious sexual harassment from supervisors and fellow employees. This manual provides the results of research and of practical, effective experience in reducing the occurrence of sexual harassment, investigating complaints, and providing counseling and remedies for the victims. In addition, the authors have compiled bibliographies, audio-visual material, and pedagogical techniques for dealing with sexual harassment in the academy and in the workplace, as well as information and workshop techniques to facilitate training programs.

Michele A. Paludi is Director of Women's Studies at Hunter College, and a developmental psychologist who specializes in women's achievement and career pathways. She is the editor of Ivory Power: Sexual Harassment on Campus, and author of Exploring/Teaching the Psychology of Women: A Manual of Resources both published by SUNY Press. Richard B. Barickman is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Hunter College where he helped to establish the Sexual Harassment Panel.